Our thoughts are with our Girl Scout sisters on the East Coast as they deal with Superstorm Sandy aftermath!
As of Nov. 7, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has lifted the fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money for Girl Scouting recovery efforts in the eight councils. (It is still not permitted for Girl Scouts to raise money for other organizations.) We encourage you to give to Girl Scouting for recovery in these eight councils. Contributions may be directed to a specific council or councils through their online giving sites. GSUSA also will establish a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to help address the needs of councils affected by the storm, and these funds will be directed to those councils once they have assessed their needs. To give, go to donate.girlscouts.org/hurricanerecovery where you will find links to the online giving sites for all eight councils, as well as the giving form for the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.
GSUSA and the councils on the East Coast thank everyone for the outpouring of support. For now, the affected councils ask for time to assess and focus on their specific needs and to get back up and running. While we know you wish to support the affected councils, please be patient and hold off on calling or contacting the councils directly, so they may keep their attention focused on the highest recovery priorities. Although material donations and Girl Scout troop offers of assistance are appreciated, the councils are not currently in a position to process and organize them. The moral support and encouragement has been appreciated. The GSUSA team will be in touch on how you can further assist councils/Girl Scouts in their recovery efforts as the time becomes right. Girl Scouts have displayed tremendous courage, confidence, and character during this trying time, and we know they will continue to do so as the region continues to recover from Superstorm Sandy.
Want to collect “stuff” for Sandy relief? Here are links to a couple of projects we recommend:
- A collection in the Denver Metro Area of needed supplies for the Barrier Island communities, including Long Beach Long Island, NY. Organized by Troop Leader Jan Mazotti and her company ICOSA. Contact her at JanM@icosamag.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Collections will go to the East Coast the week of Nov. 12th. They are also encouraging Girl Scouts to send “thinking of you notes” with the items.
- Operation Be A Sister